I like combing the polyglot flea market vendor rows for bargains. I usually find them.
A nice woman was selling rock related stuff cheap so I had to buy.
This monochrome creature called Orthoceras was an ancient mollusk that lived 500 to 190 million years ago and is an ancestor of our modern-day squid.
These are from Morocco and lived in the Silurian Age 400 + million years ago. Note the writing on the newspaper wrapping.
I say I’m not a collector but I have trilobites from 1980 though none as big as this one. Again, only a few dollars at Denio’s flea market. Though Denio’s does charge a $2 entry fee if you use street parking.
Per Wikipedia they “are a group of extinct marine arachnomorph arthropods that form the class Trilobita. Trilobites form one of the earliest-known groups of arthropods.”
Reverse side shows no leg parts. These mud eaters flourished for a very long time. “The trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years.”
Azurite and malachite, copper carbonate minerals. These occur together in copper deposits. This specimen is nearly 5 inches long (13cm).
The other side is also very beautiful with crystals of many colors.
I suppose I must stop saying I’m not a collector or else stop collecting and give it away. Hmmm…
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